Curse of the ‘death ship’ strikes again

Curse of the ‘death ship’ strikes again

Sydney: A Filipino seafarer was helicoptered off the Sage Sagittarius coal carrier today suffering severe abdominal pains.

The ship has been at the centre of an inquest in Sydney in recent weeks over the mysterious deaths of three seafarers in a six-week period in 2012. The inquest has attracted much local media coverage with Australians now referring to the Sage Sagittarius as the ‘death ship’.

A helicopter landed on the vessel controlled by NYK subsidiary Hachiuma Steamship at 11.50 this morning off the port of Newcastle and took the seafarer to a nearby hospital. His condition is described as stable now.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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  1. Hans Thaulow
    Hans Thaulow
    June 8, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Same captain?

  2. Sam Chambers
    Sam Chambers
    June 8, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Good question, Hans. I believe not. And I think the abdominal pain was not a knife wound, thank God